Can Witcher 3’s Soundtrack Be Topped? Here’s Why I Doubt It

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A Soundtrack for the Ages

Story Highlights
  • The Witcher 3’s soundtrack elevates the game from a normal fantasy RPG to an unforgettable experience.
  • Each incredible piece of music emphasizes the exploration of vast landscapes and the weight of your choices.
  • CD Projekt Red set a new standard in gaming with The Witcher 3’s soundtrack, leaving you wondering how they’ll top it in the next installment.

Let’s be honest: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt isn’t just a game you play; it’s a world you get addicted to. It is evident from its 50 million sales that CD Projekt Red built something extraordinary. This game has everything from stunning open-world adventures to flawless boss fights! 

But what really takes The Witcher 3 to the next level, for me, is the soundtrack. It’s not just background sound; it’s a full-blown musical masterpiece that sits perfectly into the story and every action you take. The soundtrack for The Witcher 3 was composed by Marcin Przybyłowicz, Mikołaj Stroiński, and Percival.

This game has set a high bar in the open-world RPG scene due to its gorgeous and emotional narrative and all these beautiful soundtracks in the background.

Sure, soundtracks make a difference in every game. They set the mood for exploring, crank up the tension during fights, and create a whole atmosphere. But The Witcher 3? It goes way beyond that. The music is so tightly linked to the narrative that it enhances and intensifies the story being told.

Why It Matters: The Witcher 3’s soundtrack is a prime example of how music can completely transform a video game, making it more immersive, impactful, and emotionally rich.

Why Soundtracks Matter in Video Games

Think about it. You’re riding through the creepy, monster-filled forests or venturing into the beautiful landscape and mountains, and their complementary music kicks in. It makes you feel the thrill and calm in a way that words cannot describe. 

Then suddenly, bam! You’re thrown into a boss battle, and the music explodes with this intense, fast-paced beat that gets your heart racing.

A good video game soundtrack makes you feel the story and care more about the characters. The Witcher 3 takes this concept to a whole other level!

The Many Musical Moods of The Witcher 3

Here’s what makes The Witcher 3 soundtrack so damn unique: It’s got everything!

Beautiful Ambients

These tracks capture the feeling of each area perfectly. The lonely flutes in Velen make you feel alone and a little scared, while the lively lutes of Novigrad bring the bright city to life with sound. My personal favorite is the vibrant theme in Blood and Wine. The way it captures the beauty of Toussaint with its light melody makes me so relaxed.

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Epic Combat Themes

The music accompanying the fight scenes in The Witcher 3 is an absolutely thrilling experience. The intense melodies create an atmosphere of pure adrenaline, giving you the motivation and confidence to take down any foe that crosses your path.

Warm Tavern Sing-Alongs

These are some of my favorite parts of the soundtrack. These cheerful tunes perfectly capture the whole tavern culture of the world. You almost feel like raising a mug with Geralt after a victory, even if the quest wasn’t as epic as the Battle of Kaer Morhen.

Character Themes

Some characters, like Geralt and Yennefer, even have unique music that plays during crucial moments in their stories. It adds another layer of depth to who they are and what they’re going through, like that encounter with the mysterious Gaunter o’Dimm in the Hearts of Stone DLC.

Music elevates the connection with the characters – Image Credits [Game Rant]

How The Witcher 3 Soundtrack Impacts Your Gameplay

The impact of this soundtrack goes way beyond just setting the mood. Here’s how it actually affects the way you play the game:

Exploration Feels Deeper

Those ambient tracks make exploring the world more immersive. You sometimes stop to absorb the music and atmosphere and sometimes even come across a hidden quest you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

A prime example of this is Skellige. The scenery, the ambience, and the paired music with it are just breathtaking when you are just venturing into the environment with Roach.

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Decisions Get Tougher

The music can trick your brain when making in-game choices, as well as in real life. A sad and melancholic track might make you approach a situation more carefully to understand the characters’ emotions. While a more heroic theme could have you charging in like a madman, slaying everyone in the way.

Remember that impressive Bloody Baron quest? You are given a tough decision for the Baron. Do you let him go after his wife or make him suffer for what he did? All this is paired with a powerful soundtrack influencing your choices.

Emotional Rollercoaster

The soundtrack creates a deeper connection to the story on an emotional level. When a decisive moment hits, paired with a moving soundtrack, it leaves a lasting impression. Recall the moment you find Ciri on the Isle of Mists.

Geralt walks up to her unconscious body, with an emotional violin playing in your ears, suddenly changing to an intense burst of instrumentals when she opens her eyes. That cutscene still sends shivers down my spine!

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The Future of Witcher Soundtracks

With The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red set a new standard for video game soundtracks. They raised the bar for what music can achieve in a gaming experience. I think it will be tough for future games, even the next Witcher title, to top what they’ve accomplished here. But with most of the team shifted to The Witcher 4, maybe it’s achievable.

Along with that, CDPR really needs to enhance combat in the next Witcher, no matter what, as the combat in Witcher 3 was lacking. However, they’re determined to break these boundaries in the RPG genre.

The Final Note

The Witcher 3’s soundtrack isn’t just your average music; it’s a core part of what makes this game so incredible. It elevates the story, changes the way you play, and creates a truly immersive experience. 

Of course, there will be unique soundtracks in the future. After all, music is a powerful thing. It can transport you to different worlds, evoke emotions, and create lasting memories. The Witcher 3’s soundtrack is a perfect example of that. The soundtracks are available on Apple Music, Spotify, Steam, and YouTube for you to vibe to if you do not feel like installing the game again.

The Witcher 3 will always hold a special place in my heart, not just for its epic story and world but also for its unforgettable music.

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